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Dog Owners...

At Stone Cottage dogs are fully welcomed, we have a strict dog policy - it is their holiday too! 

We have no limit on numbers, no restrictions on breeds, and no extra fees.

Below are some of the fantastic dog-friendly places nearby...


Barnard Castle

Barnard Castle is a market town in Teesdale, County Durham, England. It is named after the castle around which it was built. It is the main settlement in the Teesdale area, and is a popular tourist destination. 

Dogs are welcome into most places in the market town, including the Castle and Egglestone Abbey - below are some of the wonderful places you can visit with the dogs:

  • The Golden Lion

  • The Coach & Horses

  • The Old Well Inn

  • Number 15 Cafe

  • Pennys Tea Shop

  • Moments Cafe

  • Eggleston Hall Cafe & Tearooms

  • Bowes Museum Gardens

To find out more about this wonderful market town you can visit the This Is Durham website. 

Hamsterley Forest

Just a short drive from Stone Cottage will lead you to 2000 hectares of mixed scenic woodland lying between the Wear and Tees valleys on the edge of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Hamsterley is a delightful oasis of broadleaved and coniferous woodland, sprawling along the sides of a sheltered valley. Visitors to Hamsterley have no shortage of options when it comes to activities.

You can find out more about Hamsterely Forest by visiting the Forestry England website.

After a good day in the Forest you can also visit The Cross Keys in Hamsterley Village which is a wonderful dog-friendly pub. With a welcoming atmosphere they  serve fantastic food, with a good selection of drinks and a lovely beer garden for sunny days and evenings! 

To find out more visit their website.


High & Low Force Waterfalls

High Force is one of the most impressive waterfalls in England and only 18 miles from Stone Cottage. The River Tees has been plunging into this gorge for thousands of years but the rocks it reveals are far more ancient – with origins dating back over 300 million years!

The pretty woodland walk is approximately 1/3 of a mile, with several resting points along the way. It is a gently sloping gravel path. As you begin the descent down the gentle slope the well maintained path twists and turns giving a different view every few yards. The muffled rumble suddenly turns to a roar and the sight astounds you.

Dogs are very welcome along all of the footpaths but to protect the sensitive plants and wildlife, please keep dogs on a lead during your visit.  Be especially careful with dogs around the car park area, not only for the safety of your dog but also to protect livestock in adjoining fields.


  • Picnics Allowed

  • Snacks Available

  • Toilets Available

  • Baby Changing Available

  • Disabled Toilets Available

  • Parking Available On-site

Opening hours

Easter - October
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

November - Easter
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00


General Admission
Adults (16+): £1.50
Kids (5-15): £0.50

You can find a lot more information about High Force Waterfall allowing you to plan your day on their website,


Raby Castle

Raby Castle is only 4 miles away from Stone cottage, it was built in the 14th Century and is surrounded by 200 acres of green parkland. You can explore the park and it's abundance of wildlife, including herds of wild red and fallow deer. There is 5 acres of traditional 18th century ornamental walled gardens, and a fabulous woodland adventure playground! For the energetic they offer a bike hire service to get around the park and gardens. Well behaved dogs are welcome everywhere except for the Castle itself (unless assistance dogs), and they must be kept on leads. 

Opening times & prices:

The Castle opens at 11am, and closes at 4:30pm. Last admission is 4pm.
March – open weekends
April - June – open Wed - Sun
July & August – open Tue -
September – open Wed - Sun
Open Bank Holidays

The park is open daily, from 10am.

The walled gardens are open daily from March to October, from 10am.

The stables cafe, shop & woodland play area are open daily, from 10am.

Castle Ticket (includes Park & Gardens)
Adult – £12.00
Concession – £11.00
5–15 years – £6.00
Under 5s – Free
Family (2+3) – £35.00

Park & Walled Gardens Ticket
Adult – £7.00
Concession – £6.00
5–15 years – £3
Under 5s – Free
Family (2+3) – £18.00

Stables Cafe, Stables Shop & Woodland Play Area
Free of charge

Bike hire is available for visitors to the Park. Hire costs are £7 for adults and £5 for children. Family tickets are available for £20 (2+2) and £24 (2+3). Helmets can be hired for 50p. Bike trails and a map of the grounds are provided to help you explore. Look out for spectacular views of the castle, our herds of red and fallow deer and an abundance of wildlife.

You can find out a lot more about Raby Castle on their website

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Hardwick Park

This Visit England accredited attraction is an 18th Century parkland featuring beautiful views, rich heritage, archaeological remains and ecological diversity - a remarkable place to visit. The park is open daily with events held throughout the year. Come and see the swans, walk your dog, have a picnic, visit our children's play area or relax with a coffee.

With free admission (other than car parking charges), you can stroll through the historic parkland admiring the natural beauty of the lake, woodland and wildlife.

Opening Times:

  • park gates - 7.30am to 8.00pm 

  • cafe - 10.00am to 4.00pm 

  • gift shop and exhibition - 10.00am to 4.00pm

  • toilets - 7.30am to 8.00pm

Although the park does ask that dogs remain on leads throughout the parkland, they have a dogs exercise area where they can be let off to have some fun with friends! 

Car parking charges

Pay and display charges apply at all times:

  • cars - up to two hours £2.00/full day £3.00

  • coaches and minibuses - all day £9.00

  • motorcycles - free

  • blue badge holders - charges as above

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Weardale Railway

The Weardale Railway follows the path of the River Wear and passes through the spectacular scenery of Weardale. With historic connections to the Stockton & Darlington Railway, it was once a vital link to the industrial heart of Teesside. Steeped in a rich industrial heritage, the area is also renowned for magnificent and unspoilt views of the countryside.

The railway is a partnership between the majority stakeholder British American Railway Services, Durham County Council and the Weardale Railway Trust, with a united goal of delivering a reliable service and an enjoyable experience.

A fun day out for all, young or old, our uniformed staff wait to welcome you aboard authentic carriages hauled by our heritage locomotives. Dogs are welcome aboard, it is kindly requested they do not get up on the seats. 

Relax in the cafe with home made traditional food baked on the premises.


The heritage service offers departures from Wolsingham and Frosterley before continuing to Stanhope.

The railway is available for hire, details on application. Special events catered for.

Timetable enquiries - 01388 526203,